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Crusaders Drop One-Run Decision to Butler
Kelsey Phalen delivered an RBI single Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kelsey Phalen delivered an RBI single Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Butler (21-29, 11-10 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (32-13, 15-3 Horizon)
4/26/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 245
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: BRY (9-17) 5.231117
Loss: McGEE (12-4) 2.121102
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
DENNISON (BU) 411000
BOROS (BU) 321110
SULLIVAN (BU) 411000
McNULTY (BU) 301200
FALKENBERRY (BU) 201010
GRAY (BU) 311000
HUEY (BU) 301000
COLEMAN (BU) 101100
DOERFFLER (VALPO) 402200

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Valparaiso’s attempt to sweep a three-game series from Butler was thwarted in the series finale on Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as the Bulldogs scored three times over the fifth and sixth innings to send the Crusaders to a 5-4 defeat.

For the first time in the series, Valpo found itself trailing after Butler scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.  The Bulldogs’ first tally came following a double steal, as the throw down to third got down the left-field line, allowing Kristen Boros to score the game’s first run.  Later in the frame, Meaghan Sullivan would score on a sacrifice fly to put the Crusaders down 2-0.  Valpo got its first two batters of the game on base, but a trio of strikeouts left the pair stranded.

The Crusaders would claim the lead just one inning later, however.  Senior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) led off the inning by rapping a hard-hit grounder just inside the third-base bag for a double and scored on an RBI single back through the middle of senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia).  Later in the frame, with the bases loaded and one out, sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) knocked a grounder of her own just fair down the left-field line to score both Phalen and sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) to make it 3-2 Valpo.

Valpo added an insurance run to its lead in the bottom of the third, as senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) led off the inning with her 13th home run of the season, sending a solo shot to straight-away center field against the prevailing wind to make it 4-2.  But the Bulldogs got an RBI double from Boros and an RBI single from Lauren McNulty in the fifth to tie the game at four.

Butler then claimed the lead with the game’s final run in the top of the sixth.  Megan Gray led off the inning with a first-pitch single, and after advancing 60 feet on outs by each of the next two batters, scored on a bloop single into shallow center field by Alyssa Coleman.  The Crusaders put the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff single by Doerffler, but they were unable to move her into scoring position.

Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) took the loss for the Crusaders in relief, falling to 12-4 on the season after giving up the game’s final run in her 2.1 innings of work.  Leah Bry earned the win in relief for Butler (21-29, 11-10 Horizon), throwing 5.2 innings and striking out seven to improve to 9-17.  Doerffler picked up two of Valpo’s seven hits on the day, while senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) reached base in three of her four plate appearances and stole two bases.

Valparaiso (32-13, 15-3 Horizon) still has an opportunity to claim the league regular season title this weekend as it hosts a key three-game set against second-place Loyola.  The series starts with a doubleheader on Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.  All the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have links for live stats.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo